Talk:William Archibald Spooner

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The bit about him being rejected for the RC priesthood looks dubious - substantiate. PatGallacher 02:03, 31 December 2005 (UTC)


The section "Spooner was an albino, small, with a pink face, poor eyesight, and a head too large for his body. His reputation was that of a genial, kindly, hospitable man. Spooner seems to have been something of an absent-minded professor. He once invited a faculty member to tea "to welcome our new archaeology Fellow." "But, sir," the man replied, "I am our new archaeology Fellow." "Never mind," Spooner said, "Come all the same."" is plagiarised from Reader's Digest. See—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15:08, 20 February 2006

I corrected references to the Reader's Digest that should appear correctly now. --UnicornTapestry (talk) 14:18, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Brown Quince of Norway[edit]

In about 1948 I read someplace that Spooner referred to the "Crown Prince of Norway" as the "Brown Quince of Norway" but I cannot find it now. Anybody who can - please add to main page. Carrionluggage 13:26, 5 October 2007 (UTC)


Spoonerism list[edit]

I moved the list of spoonerisms (many believed to have been made by his students) down into a separate section of its own.

--UnicornTapestry (talk) 14:17, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Whitelist notification[edit]

One of my references is caught up in a blacklist of squidoo, which had at least one violation in another article. I've commented out my ref while the whitelist request is being considered.

The article in question can be found at

--UnicornTapestry (talk) 14:24, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

No mention in this article...[edit]

... of the devotion of the great, sadly lamented Ronnie Barker, who did more than anyone to popularise the great Rev. Spooner? ElectricRay (talk) 17:01, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

I recall at least one sketch in The Two Ronnies in which he portrayed Spooner but I see no reference to it in his Wikipedia article which dwells substantially on the series and his humour style. I am hesitant to add mention without a citation. Barker was opposite in bulk and height to the real life Spooner. Did Barker refer to Spooner in his autobiography perhaps? Cloptonson (talk) 21:07, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

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